Sunday, February 23, 2020

Store Closed Feb. 26-29

The store will be closed this week!

See you again next week - EGGS now back in stock regularly!! Stop in.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

March Fruit Tree Grafting and Pruning Classes

Register to save your spot today! Register Online

Fruit Tree Grafting &/or Pruning Classes

with John Knisley, Alternative Roots Farm

Fruit Tree Grafting Classes

…See full description below.
Saturday, March 14th  -  Minneapolis  - Land Stewardship Project office 821 E. 35th Street #200, Minneapolis
Saturday, March 28th  -  Mankato  - Wooden Spoon 515 N. Riverfront Ave., Mankato
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $60/participant

Fruit Tree Grafting Classes

…See full description below.
Saturday, March 28th  -  Mankato  - Wooden Spoon 515 N. Riverfront Ave., Mankato
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $35/participant ($30 if attending AM grafting class)

Registration & Payment

Registration must be paid in advance. To reserve your spot register online (, email, or call/text 507-412-7605. Mail payment to Alternative Roots Farm, 11197 130th St., Madelia, MN 56062, or inquire about Venmo payment.

**Grafting Class**

In this class we will teach you how to propagate your own apple trees. We will discuss the time-tested techniques of fruit tree grafting including grafting tools, timing, proper scions and rootstocks. Attendees will practice what they learn by “Whip & Tongue” grafting different varieties of apple trees using modern day rootstocks. Each participant will take home 3 newly grafted apple trees to be planted on your own property. Additional rootstocks available for purchase at class. All materials and tools will be provided for the workshop. Optional: Bring scions of your favorite old apple tree if you would like to graft these at the class. (Call John, 507-439-6541, for tips how to properly collect scions.) Two hour classroom portion and two hours for grafting. Hands on learning.
You Bring:
•Large trash bag, & pot/bucket to take your grafts home in.
•Lunch or snack for yourself.

**Pruning Class**

Learn to Properly Prune Your Fruit Trees!•••This workshop will cover the basic principles of pruning your fruit trees, fruit tree anatomy, timing of pruning events, pruning for consistent fruit production and different tree shaping techniques. The workshop will begin with classroom style instruction and then we will go outdoors to practice pruning. You are invited to bring your own pruning tools if you have them, otherwise we will have tools available for you to try. Please be dressed appropriately for the outdoor session of this class.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What's in Store: Week of February 12

Come and grab your greens!

It's the lean time of year, where there isn't an abundance, but where else can you get freshly harvested greens mid-winter?! We appreciate your patronage, just a few shoppers a week make all the difference!

Weather, or no weather, we're keeping hours the same this week - Wednesday & Thursday 4-7, Friday and Saturday 9-12 OR by appointment. Make an appt. via email to or via text to Brooke 507-412-7605. Be safe and warm!

Freshly harvested

Mild Mix Microgreens
Zesty Mix Microgreens
Pea Shoots

Farm Staples

Applesauce - no added sugar, just cleaning eating goodness with apples and local honey
Apple Butter - no added sugar, apples, spices and local honey
Baking Apples
Garlic - last container!
Eggs - free-ranged, organic feed